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As a perceptive and well-trained doctor, I’ve noticed that there are some quite big differences between men and women.
The most obvious difference is that men have something that women don’t, and it colours most of their actions.
What men have that women don’t is a fear of doctors.
Men have been trained from an early age to be brave and strong and not to exhibit any sign of weakness. They go through life afraid that their bravado will fail them and their reaction when cornered by ill health is to try to ignore it, like children hiding under the bedclothes.
They don’t visit their doctor and so don’t benefit from stuff like prevention, screening and early disease recognition. Men don’t go to see the doctor — they are taken, often by ambulance.
In emergency medicine they can demonstrate to their mummies, wives, girlfriends or mates how brave they have been. And they may get a badge of honour — a plaster cast or stitches — to prove it. Young men are brought here a lot, as a result of a manly injury occurring in some reckless pursuit — falling off motorbikes, breaking ankle parts in football matches and fighting.
If emergency medicine wasn’t so overwhelmed with medical admission sifting, perhaps there could be an opportunity to do a bit of real medicine. Primary care doesn’t see these patients until they are 50, hypertensive, fat and unhealthy, but we do.
We could let some of our male patients chat up our nurses and have their blood pressure checked at the same time. Perhaps fit in a quick lipid check and general MOT while they are waiting for their plaster cast. We could even get someone to do a quick assessment of alcohol consumption and offer some suggestions about moderation and weight control.
In return, I would want someone else to look after women, particularly the older ones with heart failure, diabetes, chest infections and loss of mobility. Best of all, acute medicine might speak directly to primary care and provide a different, better pathway to admission assessment.
Care of the elderly might join the conversation and coordinate a ramping up of the discharge process, which GPs might have time to support, because they wouldn’t have to spend their time struggling to get admissions sorted.
Emergency medicine could be enjoyable again, we would be doing something useful and I wouldn’t have to hide under the bedclothes in the mornings.
And our manipulative politicians and cynical media might even leave us all alone.
Charles Lamb is a consultant in emergency medicine. He writes under a pseudonym
this is absolute bollox!
Men only fear getting a hard on if they are touched in a sensitive place, which only involves lying there, as you would to sleep.
For women, they have to strip off the lower half completely, then spread their body for intrusion, so please, women don't jump ahoy to the gp and spread em for fun and get a giggle. Actually, its similar to rape.
So keep your pathetic opinions to your sorry self.
What a crock!! What we have is not a fear of doctors, its a total, complete, and undeniable distrust, and a recognition that we are more than likely wasting money and insurance resources.